Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry refers to the use of sedation during dental treatment. Sedation is most commonly used during extensive procedures, for patients with dental phobia or for patients who find it difficult to sit still. There are different types of sedation, including nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), IV sedation, oral sedatives and general anesthetic.

Sedation can range from the use of nitrous oxide to calm a patient to general anesthetics used to put patients to sleep. Patients with dental phobia, low pain tolerance, major dental treatment, physical handicaps or strong gag reflexes may require sedation. Procedures like fillings, crowns, bridges, root canals, extractions, cosmetic procedures and periodontal treatments often require sedation.

Sedation DentistrySedation is endorsed by the American Dental Association and is an effective way to make many patients comfortable during their dental visit. Before using a sedative or anesthetic, it is important to tell your pediatric dentist about any medications or medical treatments your child is receiving. Before administering any sedative or anesthetic, your pediatric dentist will talk to you about the process of sedation and pre-and post-sedation instructions.

Laughing Gas

Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as laughing gas, is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. Because it is a mild sedative, patients are still conscious and can talk to their pediatric dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your pediatric dentist will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instructions.

Conscious Sedation

This moderate form of sedation is taken orally by the patient. Recommended for patients whom do not respond to Nitrous Oxide Sedation alone or whom have more complex treatment. Although the patient remains awake throughout the procedure ,the medication used is known to cause minimal amnesia causing your child not to remember much of the treatment.

IV Sedation

This form of Sedation is performed in-office, and administered and monitored by a Licensed Pediatric Anesthesiologist. Often suggested for patients whom do not respond well to the other forms of sedation mentioned above. During this type of Sedation, the patient remains asleep during the course of treatment , allowing Dr Alempour to focus her energy on the Dental work that your child needs in order to restore his/her oral health.

If you would like more information regarding IV Sedation you may call our office and speak to the front desk members or you may visit the anesthesiologist Dr Gershon Fink’s website & review the informational brochures provided